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Days Gone By: 2003

Wildcat senior Alex Williams following through on a pitch to the plate of the Cats' home opener against Chippewa Falls McDonnell at the new high school fields.1 / 3
2003 Journal file photos Left, head coach Ryan Bishop looks on as former Minnesota Twins great Tony Oliva winds up before delivering the ceremonial first pitch of the first game at the new high school baseball fields.2 / 3
The Wildcat softball team also won their first game at the new fields under returning coach Paul Haugland. Here he hands former Wildcat Shelly Wolf the game ball after she threw out the first. Wolf, the team's all-time leader in wins by a pitcher, played for Haugland when the Cats won back-to-back Middle Border Conference championships in 1988-89.3 / 3

10 YEARS AGO, APRIL 17, 2003

The Wildcat opener on the new baseball fields at the high school was one to remember.

Former Minnesota Twin Tony Oliva came to celebrate pre-game ceremonies and throw out the first ball, Wildcat sophomore Jon Szatkowski scored the first run in the first inning and senior Alex Williams pitched four innings of two-hit ball and struck out six Chippewa Falls McDonnell players to pick up the win. The Wildcat softball team did their share too by winning their first game under returning coach Paul Haugland. "Great weather, a new home field, hundreds of fans, Tony Oliva there to help us celebrate. It was just a very exciting time for baseball in River Falls," said head baseball coach Ryan Bishop.